Its half-term and I'm catching up on films. Just enjoying Captain America: the Winter Soldier. Besides the fabulous Helicarriers, which look amazingly like the SpaceX Nuclear Pulse, I was intrigued by a reference to the Greatest Generation.
Having not heard it before I looked it up. It was coined by Tom Brakow and describes the generation pf Americans which grew up during the Great Depression and went on to win World War II.
Comic book super soldier Captain America is supposedly part of the Greatest Generation, but as the term was only coined in 1998 this could be a reverse-anachronism! I will have to ask Bill.
Forgiving Brakow an over-zealous patriotism, for surely he meant the generation from all allied countries and not just the US, I am still fascinated by the labels given to entire sweeps of human kind.
I myself, according to Wikipedia, am part of the Baby Boomers, who apparently, consider ourselves 'special'. I'm not sure about that but do feel as though the 1960's were special and would prefer, if indeed we need a label at all, to be part of a space-age generation. But maybe this accolade belongs to the mid-to late 1950's. Dunno.
Whatever boffins might think, the events, pup culture and ethos of that decade did make me who I am today.
What do think about generations readers?